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Kadai Paneer Recipe - Stir Fried Paneer - Stir Fried Cottage Cheese

Updated on July 20, 2018
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Rajan loves cooking dishes from his native Indian cuisine. He enjoys sharing his favourite recipes with his online readers.

Kadai Paneer


About Kadai Paneer

Kadai paneer is a popular North Indian paneer or cottage cheese dish prepared in a sloping type of wok called kadai or kadhai. If you do not have this, you can use a thick bottomed pan. You can buy paneer from the market or make it at home. In this article I explain how to make paneer at home. You can make paneer in advance and can store it for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.

This is a one pot dish prepared with both whole spices which are roasted and then coarsely crushed and powdered spices in a tomato based gravy.

Have it as a side dish to a meal and pair it with paratha, naan or roti.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 3-4 servings


  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 100 grams paneer/cottage cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium sized onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium sized bell pepper, deseeded and cut into squares
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsp saunf/fennel seeds
  • 5-6 sabut kali mirch/peppercorns
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp jeera/carom seeds
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri/plain red chilli powder
  • 3 tsp coriander seeds
  • 4 small or 2 large red chillies, dry and whole
  • 3 lavang/cloves


  1. Dry roast the red chillies, saunf, 1/2 tsp jeera, 2 tsp coriander seeds & peppercorns till they leave their aroma. Keep heat on medium. Cool & grind to a coarse powder. This is the kadai powder
  2. Heat oil in kadai. add 1/2 tsp jeera & 2 red chillies. Saute till the jeera crackles
  3. Add 1 tsp coriander seeds, ginger & garlic pastes & saute till lightly roasted
  4. Add tomatoes & stir till tomatoes turn soft, about 5-6 minutes
  5. Add 1 tbsp kadai powder (the coarsely ground roasted spices in step 1) and stir for 30-40 seconds
  6. Add the red chilli powder, garam masala, kasuri methi & salt. Stir for another 30-40 seconds
  7. Add the onions & capsicum & paneer cubes. Stir cook for 5-6 minutes till the onions and capsicum are half cooked. Ensure the veggies retain their crunch. Keep heat on low or low medium
  8. When done transfer to a serving dish
  9. Garnish with some kadai powder & serve with roti, naan or paratha
  10. Check out my recipe video below to view the kadai paneer dish being prepared

Kadai Paneer Recipe | Stir Fried Paneer | Stir Fried Cottage Cheese

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© 2018 Rajan Singh Jolly


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